16 Oct 2014 3:51 PM PDT

Al Pacino Photo: ew.com

Veteran actor Al Pacino will be heading back to Broadway next October to headline in a new play by Pulitzer-Prize winning David Mamet called ‘China Doll‘.   The show will be directed by tony-award winning Pam MacKinnon.   This will be the 8th production of a Mamet work with the three producers:  Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler.   The play location of the play will be announced later, but will run at a Shubert-owned theater.

David Mamet is best known for winning the Pulitzer on his Glengarry Glen Ross work.   Pacino starred in the 1992  version of the film.   Mamet admits he wrote the play specific with Pacino in mind.

China Doll is a two-character play.  Billionaire Mickey Ross is the lead character who just purchased a new airplane for his young fiancee, preparing for semi-retirement.   The other character is named Carson who is Mickey Ross’ assistant.   “Mickey is in the process of leaving his office, giving instructions to his assistant when he takes one last phone call….”  Mamet describes.  He says “It is better than oral sex” when pushed for further details.

“Ross is one of the most daunting and challenging roles I’ve been given to explore on stage” Pacino states.  “It’s a special gift to originate a role in the theater, especially written by such a formidable writer and I haven’t done that in a long, long time.

The play should open in October 2015.


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